Friday, December 11, 2009

Pass Huey!

Peter Richardson's history of Ramparts magazine, A Bomb in Every Issue, taught me something I didn't know:
Like Pat Brown before him, Huey Newton was taking classes at San Francisco Law School; one of his instructors was Edwin Meese III, who would later serve as President Reagan's attorney general.
An unrelated anecdote from the same book, in retrospect, seems prescient:
While serving as assistant managing editor, Sol Stern ejected staff writer Jann Wenner from the building for smoking pot.
My third and final note from A Bomb in Every Issue is the most important, because this Ramparts-coined term is witty, timeless, and forgotten: The love-geometry that inevitably develops in any left-wing club is properly referred to as "armed snuggle."

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